Arrest in death of Ottawa man killed in Panama

Ed Moynan has been reported missing in Panama. He is the retired former owner of Centennial Glass...

Ed Moynan has been reported missing in Panama. He is the retired former owner of Centennial Glass in Ottawa. (Facebook image)

Doug Hempstead, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:04 PM ET

OTTAWA -- There has been an arrest in the murder of a former Ottawa businessman found dead in a suitcase in Panama in 2013.

Ed Moynan's family hired a private investigator to help get to the bottom of it all.

Moynan, 68, disappeared Nov. 8, 2012, in the beachfront community of Coronado, Panama, where he and his wife, Louise, moved a little more than three years ago.

She was back in Ottawa, visiting family, when he went missing.

Their beach home was discovered ransacked. Moynan's glasses were found broken.

His remains weren't found until March 2013 in a suitcase in Campana National Park, about 40 km away.

According to journalist Jamuna Burry of the news website playacommunity.com, Ludwig Vico Pereira, a 56-year-old Swiss national, was arrested Aug. 8.

Burry said the arrest was made by undercover police in the parking lot of the Coronado Mall. She said the investigation was a collaborative effort by the police and Carlos Sanad Espino -- a lawyer hired by the Moynan family.

Pereira was listed on Interpol's website among its wanted persons -- specifically as "wanted by the judicial authorities of Panama."

"He used to live here," said Burry. "It's believed he moved. Some people know him. He keeps to himself. I'm not sure why it took so long to arrest someone. The belief is they were building a case."

 


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